Cleve Callison

Station Manager

Cleve Callison has been WHQR's station manager since September 2010. He is the former general manager of WMUB Public Radio, the NPR station at Miami University in Oxford. Prior to that he was station manager of WFDD Public Radio at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.

In Ohio, Cleve also served as the executive director of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, a nonprofit working with houses of worship on energy efficiency and conservation projects. He worked on marketing communications projects for Miami University's School of Education, Health and Society, and taught public speaking at Miami's Hamilton campus.

Cleve describes himself as a boat person from academia. He moved over to public radio after four years of classroom teaching. He loves to work in public radio, to listen to it, and to be around people for whom public radio matters. "It's the best kind of teaching," he says. "It's life-long learning." Rarely having been able to teach his primary field (10th century English sermons), later in life he discovered adult education classes, where he has taught Anglo-Saxon England, History of the English Language, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Faulkner (notice kind of a progression here?) and Reading Poetry. He makes occasional contributions to his personal blog and his Twitter account (@clevecallison).

Cleve has a bachelor's degree in English from Duke, and a Master's and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His greatest claim to fame is that he once appeared on Jeopardy!, where he won a washer-dryer, a Hooked on Phonics set and a year's supply of flea powder.

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Friday Feedback
12:05 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Friday Feedback for December 16, 2011

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The week after a fund drive is a very good one for getting lots of feedback. Listeners who called or wrote in to our one-day drive on December 8th had some interesting comments for us and for our partners, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. For every pledge, Build Pro donated a standard 2x4 to be used to construct a Habitat house next spring.

Robert Sherman and Lucy Sherman of Hampstead said:

Leave the BBC alone.

Deborah Ullmer of Wilmington said:

I listen to it every am and my husband and I don’t know what we would do without it.

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Deadline: January 31
3:49 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

The 2011 WHQR Survey

Our survey isn't nearly this complicated
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At WHQR, we value your opinions. Help us by filling out our simple listener survey. Our Smooth Landings Guest DJ Spot has been won, but you can still help us out. The deadline is January 31st.

Thank you!

Friday Feedback
8:33 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Friday Feedback for December 9, 2011

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A listener who describes himself as a 20-year fan says:

I'm a long-time listener and generous supporter who begins my day at 5AM listening to Morning Edition.

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Music
12:36 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Linda Lavin on her new CD, "Possibilities"

Today marks the official release date of Linda Lavin’s first CD, “Possibilities”. It features an eclectic mix of Broadway standards and cabaret songs, with musical direction, arrangements and piano by Billy Stritch. It’s a big day for the Tony- and Golden Globe winning actress and Wilmington resident...and although she’s celebrating tonight with a release party at New York City’s Birdland (the famous jazz club) she took some time out to talk with WHQR’s George Scheibner about the new CD.

Support WHQR
11:17 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Win-Win with the IRA Charitable Rollover!

The tree in WHQR's lobby, with paintings from Clair Hartman's "Faithful" series now on display.
photo by Cleve Callison

Dear Friend of WHQR:

Good news! You can still take advantage of the Charitable IRA Rollover before it expires on December 31st. This special giving opportunity offers attractive benefits to you and will help support the good work of WHQR.
Here’s how it works:

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Friday Feedback
12:05 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Friday Feedback for December 2, 2011

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Listener Paul from Oak Island is not a fan of Diane Rehm. He tweeted:

...sure do wish [Science Friday] was still 2-4pm! . . . thank goodness for podcasts!

And we had a similar message from Ron Cohen, but he prefers that her show

...should be dropped and music substituted. Less irrelevant and purposeless ventilation and more life-affirming music.

Listener Bob wrote what he called his “humble opinions”:

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Inside (well, technically, outside) WHQR
10:51 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Update: Bent crane causes disruption in WHQR schedule

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Update: Attempts to remove the damaged crane described below caused a mandatory evacuation of buildings in the 200 block of North Front Street, including the WHQR studios. For about 3 hours Tuesday afternoon we operated on a computerized schedule.

Work has been proceeding on the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, which is going up on Grace Street in Wilmington (right behind our building). For the last couple of days workers have been driving iron pilings into the ground, which has given our building a severe case of the jitters all day long. But not right now.

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Tuesday night, 8-10 pm
5:05 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Performance Today features local musician Barbara McKenzie

Tuesday night's Performance Today will broadcast the following selection from Nicolas Duchamp and Wilmington's Barbara McKenzie, in concert at Spivey Hall:
 
Paul Taffanel: Andante pastoral et Scherzettino
Nicolas Duchamp, flute; Barbara McKenzie, piano
Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA
October 31, 2010
 
Barbara McKenzie is the founder of Chamber Music Wilmington. Her collaboration with Nicolas Duchamp was also presented in Wilmington and at Carnegie Hall in 2010.

Season Premiere Saturday 1 pm
4:52 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Metropolitan Opera season kicks off with Handel's Rodelinda

Renée Fleming reprises her celebrated performance as the title character in Handel’s Rodelinda as the 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera season begins this Saturday.

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Inside WHQR
9:30 pm
Sat November 19, 2011

WHQR/NCCF reef building a success

Saturday November 19th was a beautiful day on Stump Sound in Onslow County. Over 100 volunteers from WHQR, UNCW students, GE Volunteers and others gathered under the auspices of the North Carolina Coastal Federation to build an oyster reef. A long line snaked from the mainland to the sound, ferrying hundreds of bags of marl (marine limestone) as the base, and later bags of oyster shells to make up the reef itself.

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